Russ Mann is Chairman of the Board, and for more than seven years he served as CEO. Under his leadership, Covario now has a high-performance team of over 200 members globally and a client portfolio of more than 70 Fortune 500® and Internet 1000 advertisers representing over 1,000 brands and websites. With this distinguished team and outstanding client roster, the company has won every award and accolade in the business from organizations such as Forrester Research, Ad Age, AlwaysOn, ad:tech, Gartner & 1to1 Media, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Search Engine Strategies and Search Engine Watch.
Russ was voted San Diego’s 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Business category and the company was listed in the top 25 mid-sized businesses to work for in San Diego.
He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Asian Studies from Cornell University.
Eric Byunn joined FTV Capital in 2002 and has 14 years of experience in venture capital, technology and management consulting. Prior to joining FTV Capital, Eric was Director of Online Services at myCFO, a startup wealth management firm. He joined myCFO from America Online, where he held several roles including management of Netscape’s Personal Finance Channel.
Prior to the acquisition of Netscape by AOL, Eric led product management for the Netscape Navigator browser. He has also worked at Microsoft and at McKinsey & Company, primarily with telecommunications clients.
Eric earned a BA Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University, where he focused on economics and computer science, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Erik Benson joined Voyager Capital in 1998 where he focuses on SaaS, cloud computing, “big data,” and marketing analytics. He currently represents Voyager on the boards of directors of Act-On Software, Chirpify, Covario, Elemental Technologies, Lighter Capital, Lytics and Zettics. Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).
Prior to Voyager, Erik was an investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after leadership roles at Mimix Inc., a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software for the gaming industry. Erik started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients.
Erik earned a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
James Wu joined Dubilier & Co. in 2002, where he assists early-stage and middle-market companies by securing investments, managing operations and introducing operating partners at the Board or management level. He is currently the president of ODC Nimbus, a high-tech operating company in the Dubilier portfolio. Prior to joining Dubilier & Co., James co-founded Lab Econometrics, a Harvard University-based fixed-income hedge fund, where he was the managing partner. James led the fundraising, development and eventual sale of a minority interest in Lab Econometrics to Atlantic Asset Management, where the fund has been trading since 2003.
Prior to founding Lab Econometrics, James was the president and founder of Clairvergent Technology Group, formerly Revbox, which provided Internet-based technology solutions to the insurance industry. From 1992 to 1999, James was active in the direct investment business for McCown De Leeuw, a private equity fund. James was also an associate at a strategy consulting firm, L.E.K. and also a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley.
He earned a undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1991, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. During his senior year, James received the Danforth Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 1997, James earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nick Brien, the former chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup, is a strategic consultant, global board advisor and angel investor.
With a track record over three decades leading some of the most successful advertising, media and marketing agencies, Brien has a passion for brand marketing and media communications solutions that deliver the greatest possible business impact to marketers.
Before joining McCann Worldgroup, one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies, Brien created and led IPG Mediabrands. Previously, he served as the chief executive of Universal McCann. Earlier in his career, Brien held leadership posts at the Publicis Groupe’s Arc and Starcom firms, where he shaped those companies’ media, advertising and integrated marketing offerings.
Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2001 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2010, the British native went from media director to the CEO of Leo Burnett in the U.K. He began his media career in London with Grey Advertising.
Brien graduated from the University of the Arts, London, and studied at Kings College in Wimbledon.